Max Verstappen beats Lewis Hamilton in dramatic Emilia-Romagna GP

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Max Verstappen gained a dramatic Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday after world champion Lewis Hamilton hit a wall in a race that was additionally briefly suspended following a separate incident involving Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.

The 23-year-old Verstappen led for almost all of the race on the moist Imola observe and the Red Bull driver beat Hamilton by 22 seconds for the eleventh win of his profession.

Hamilton, who gained the season-opening Bahrain GP final month, confirmed all his abilities to make his means again up the sphere after falling way back to ninth following an incident simply earlier than the midway level of the race.

The 36-year-old Hamilton remains to be forward of Verstappen in the standings after he picked up a bonus level for the quickest lap in Imola. Bottas had the quickest lap in Bahrain. Lando Norris was third, 23.702 behind Verstappen.

“Congratulations to Max, he did a fantastic job today. Also to Lando, what an awesome job,” Hamilton mentioned. “On my side it was not the greatest of days, first time I made a mistake in a long time, but I’m grateful to have been able to bring the car home.”

Verstappen began third, behind Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez and pole-sitter Hamilton. The Dutch driver bought off to an amazing begin and jumped his teammate earlier than touching wheels with Hamilton and forcing his means into the lead.

Hamilton broken his entrance wing in that incident however was working a snug second till he slid off the observe, by means of the gravel and into the wall on lap 31. The British driver managed to return to the observe ultimately however had dropped to ninth.

A short while later, Bottas and Williams driver George Russell have been concerned in a crash — which might be investigated after the end — and the race was red-flagged on lap 34 with particles from their automobiles scattered throughout the observe.

Both drivers have been livid in the aftermath with Bottas flicking his center finger at Russell, who responded by swatting the Finnish driver together with his hand.

The security automotive first appeared whereas Nicholas Latifi’s Williams was recovered after a crash on the second lap following contact with Nikita Mazepin.

Perez slid off the observe and was handed a 10-second penalty for overtaking beneath the protection automotive, when he retook the locations he misplaced.

In the opposite Red Bull, Verstappen almost crashed and ruined his race in the course of the restart after the purple flag however recovered and steadily pulled away from the sphere out entrance.

Behind him Hamilton was selecting off his rivals and ultimately bought previous Norris to take second place with three laps to go.

Norris completed third, including to his solely podium end for one more third-place end on the season-opener in Austria final yr.

Charles Leclerc was fourth, simply forward of Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz.

Next up in the 23-race calendar is the Portuguese GP on May 2.

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